What We’re Reading

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The end of summer quickly approaches. I am pleased that the heat is beginning to mellow. My eldest son starts first grade in a couple of weeks and I couldn't be happier! However, the end of summer brings a kind of busyness that leaves me feeling frayed at the edges. Summer promises must be kept. School supplies must be gathered. The clothing must be gone through to see what is needed (my son basically needs everything; he grows like a weed!). My husband's birthday is this weekend. There is a lot … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Perfectionism

The single biggest hindrance to doing anything is the tyranny of perfectionism. Fearing that I'm not Doing it Right or Doing Enough keeps me from doing more than I care to admit. As a parent of young children I am often caught in this web of lies. There's never enough uninterrupted time. There's never enough childcare. This web tangles up many areas of my life: spiritual practice, health, parenting, community building, and so on.The tyranny of perfectionism sometimes also keeps people … [Read more...]

The Sweetness of Bees

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Bees are on everyone's minds these days. Their dire situation pops up in news. Fellow bloggers are writing about them. Even Obama has taken notice.Our new property has much to tempt the bees. The land is lush and fertile. In a month of 80+ degree weather the land has stayed verdant thanks to the abundant weeds! The farmed garden is producing tomatoes, potatoes, mint, mullein, comfrey, chard, kale, cilantro, and more. Flowers include roses, poppies, and several other things I don't … [Read more...]

Literally in the Weeds

The adorable stump table and chairs in March. Room for three!

My family bought a house this spring. Our first home. Our first plot of land that is ours to maintain and serve. It's a large piece of land for our area and for us. Our house is small (1096 sq. ft.) but we sit on 1/5 of an acre, most of which is taken up with an enormous garden. It is easily the size of  a footprint of a small house. The previous owners grew a lot of their own food, raised chickens (the house came with a beautiful chicken coop!) and goats. I almost feel bad that their good work … [Read more...]

Community Kali

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Thanks to a silly Facebook meme I've been humming '90s Christian music in my head all week. I'm not gonna lie: I owned Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W Smith cds, but my favorites were Iona and Rich Mullins. I still like those last two.I think the last two spoke to me - speak to me still - because they weren't the standard popular music of day (Mullins played the hammer dulcimer!) and the lyrics were sometimes ambiguous, sometimes about the personal struggle to even feel the intimacy of … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading

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Every so many months I like to talk about what we're reading in my house. We're big readers and usually we have way too many books started!I've got this week's Economist and this quarter's Bitch. I've subscribed to these two magazines for over a decade. They keep me informed on things that matter to me, and they help me feel like I'm somewhat aware of what is going on in the wider world. Two books I've been reading for about 3 or 4 months now: Jason Mankey's The Horned God and in blue is … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice 2014

Morning glories doing what they do at 6.30am

I've been up since before sunrise. I actually like being awake at dawn. There is a chorus of birds that sing praises to the twilight and I love hearing them. My new baby girl slept from 9.30 or 10pm to 4.30am. She is an excellent baby! I nursed her in the wee hours of dawn and tried to go back to sleep. But then my son had a nightmare and crawled into bed with me.I realized how little we get to snuggle and have gentle touch with no agenda (not wrestling or while we're reading, or with the … [Read more...]


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